Ellen M. Devlin, Nike ( Pres­i­dent in 2003, 2004)

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Amcham’s 60th Anniversary – A Look Back -

Con­grat­u­la­tions AMCHAM Thai­land on the 60th An­niver­sary. This cel­e­bra­tion marks the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate past suc­cesses and fore­cast fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties. More than ever be­fore, AMCHAM’S rep­re­sen­ta­tion of U. S. busi­ness in­ter­ests in SE Asia is crit­i­cally im­por­tant. AMCHAM Thai­land is in­stru­men­tal to U. S. busi­ness in­ter­est in Thai­land and is now paving the way for Myan­mar. Since my re­tire­ment from Nike in 2009, I’ve worked to cre­ate and now di­rect a new Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Sports Prod­uct Man­age­ment at the Univer­sity of Ore­gon to pre­pare stu­dents to work for com­pa­nies like Nike, Un­der­ar­mour, Adidas, Columbia, etc. To the mem­bers, the lead­er­ship, and the staff of AMCHAM Thai­land, I of­fer my sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions on your 60th an­niver­sary. AMCHAM Thai­land has a long and sto­ried his­tory of pro­mot­ing trade and re­la­tions be­tween the U. S. and Thai­land. It is an ac­tive voice in the busi­ness com­mu­nity pro­mot­ing Amer­i­can busi­ness in Thai­land and a strong pro­po­nent of trade. It is my be­lief that AMCHAM is the voice that all cham­bers in Thai­land look to for guid­ance. It was truly an honor to have been part of the lead­er­ship of AMCHAM Thai­land dur­ing my stay in Bangkok. While I have re­cently re­tired from Citibank, I still do a few things for Citi in the Asian re­gion and I of­ten get to Bangkok. I hope our paths cross there. Once again, con­grat­u­la­tions on an im­por­tant mile­stone in the Cham­ber’s his­tory. Con­grat­u­la­tion AMCHAM Thai­land on your 60th an­niver­sary. AMCHAM has long been and con­tin­ues to be a strong voice and ad­vo­cate for Amer­i­can busi­ness in­ter­ests in Thai­land and the re­gion. I fondly re­call my time on the Board and the honor to serve as Pres­i­dent re­mains one of the great ex­pe­ri­ences of my time in Thai­land. I am glad that AMCHAM con­tin­ues to at­tract tal­ented busi­ness lead­ers will­ing to de­vote their time and en­ergy to help im­prove the in­vest­ment cli­mate - keep up the good work. Best wishes for the fu­ture and I am look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing many more im­pres­sive achieve­ments. As for me, the last five years I have served as Chevron’s VP, Pol­icy, Govern­ment and Pub­lic Affairs, based in our cor­po­rate head­quar­ters in San Ra­mon, CA. In Fe­bru­ary, I was an­nounced as Pres­i­dent, Chevron Asia Pa­cific Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­tion Com­pany ef­fec­tive April 1, 2016, so will be spend­ing much more time in the re­gion again soon. AMCHAM Thai­land is the touch­stone of the Amer­i­can busi­ness net­work in Thai­land. Busi­ness lead­ers have ben­e­fit­ted from the Cham­ber’s eco­nomic, in­dus­try and political in­sights to ad­vance Thai and Amer­i­can in­ter­ests for 60 years. Con­grat­u­la­tions Judy and team for hold­ing Thai- Amer­i­can co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment to the high­est stan­dards. The only thing more ex­cit­ing than AMCHAM’S lead­er­ship over the past 60 years is its prom­ise go­ing into the fu­ture. I am now a VP and GM for 3M back in sunny St. Paul, Min­nesota. I would like to ex­tend my hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in Thai­land for com­plet­ing 60 glo­ri­ous years of suc­cess. We have al­ways been on the top of the list for serv­ing the U. S. busi­ness com­mu­nity with un­selfish ser­vices. As a past pres­i­dent, I was honored to work with the Cham­ber lead­er­ship and ex­ec­u­tive of­fice. With your com­mit­ment and sin­cer­ity you have time and again proved your worth to our mem­bers and have gained much de­served recog­ni­tion and fame in Thai­land. With your ser­vices, the com­mu­nity has gained a lot. You have al­ways kept mem­ber sat­is­fac­tion as your top pri­or­ity and it has been my priv­i­lege to have been part of the AMCHAM fam­ily. I wish AMCHAM con­tin­ued suc­cess for many more years to come. God will­ing I hope to see each of you again in the fu­ture. As for me, Karen and I have of­fi­cially re­tired to our home in Austin, Texas. We are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our jour­ney to­gether no mat­ter where it leads us. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce on cel­e­brat­ing its 60th year of serv­ing Amer­i­can busi­ness in Thai­land and serv­ing the King­dom of Thai­land and its great peo­ple. The Amer­i­can Cham­ber has ac­com­plished much to be proud of over th­ese past 60 years, from serv­ing both Amer­i­can and Thai­land busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties, as well as serv­ing the peo­ple of both coun­tries, to its com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the lives of all it has touched over th­ese past 60 years. I am honored to have served as the Cham­ber’s Pres­i­dent in 2009, and am proud to con­tinue my ser­vice to the Cham­ber, as well as the AMCHAM Thai­land Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion over th­ese past 10 years. I con­tinue to man­age the Fedex busi­ness in Thai­land and In­dochina since my as­sign­ment be­gan here in 2006, and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing th­ese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and my work with the Cham­ber.

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